General Education, Majors, Electives

Academic Majors


Completing an academic major enables students to pursue their primary fields of specialization within the curriculum. Roughly a third of students' courses are completed within a program of study structured by a department or interdisciplinary program. Because the major is the primary means by which students undertake depth of study, students work closely with academic advisors to choose fields for which they are personally and professionally suited.

Students may change their majors while at Denison, but by the end of their sophomore year, they should declare their major formally. If possible, students should select an academic advisor associated with their chosen majors. The specific objectives and requirements of each academic major can be found within this course catalog.

Academic Majors
Major Degree(s) Granted Major Degree(s) Granted
Art History BA Geosciences BA, BS
Art Studio BA, BFA German BA
Athletic Training BA Greek BA
Biochemistry BS History BA
Biology BA, BS International Studies BA
Black Studies BA Latin BA
Chemistry BA, BS Mathematics BA, BS
Cinema BA Music BA
Classics BA Philosophy BA
Communication BA Philosophy, Politics and Economics BA
Computer Science BA, BS Physics BA, BS
Dance BA Political Science BA
East Asian Studies BA Psychology BA, BS
Economics BA Religion BA
Educational Studies BA Sociology/Anthropology BA
English BA Spanish BA
Environmental Studies BA Theatre BA
French BA Women's Studies BA

The Individually Designed Major {IDM)

The Denison major promotes discipline of thought and depth of understanding as they are articulated within a specific field. The standard offering of Denison majors is carefully selected; each major is rigorously reviewed, meets a myriad of nationally accepted academic standards, and often follows a long tradition of academically sound pedagogy. Since the major is a distinctive hallmark of a Denison degree, the institution guards its majors with utmost care. The IDM option allows students to design their own majors that are not offered in Denison's standard curricula. However, the Academic Affairs Council applies the very highest standards in accepting IDMs. Students must have a compelling and coherent case for pursuing an IDM.

Individually Designed Majors approved in the last few years include the following titles: “Comparative Medical Ethics,” “Cognitive Neuroscience,” “Poverty Studies,” “Medieval Studies,” “Language in its Social Context,” and “Middle Eastern Studies.”

Students wishing to design their own majors should consult with their advisors and the Registrar early in their Denison careers. Students must submit their IDM proposal to the Registrar by March 1 of the sophomore year. Approval of the proposal by the Academic Affairs Council must be completed by May 1 of the student's sophomore year.